Melting Point (Hot in Chicago, #1.5)
by: Kate Meader
Series: Hot in Chicago
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 31, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Simon and Schuster: Pocket Books
Things are heating up at Engine Co. 6 in this original e-novella from Kate Meader’s sizzling Hot in Chicago series! Superhot playboy firefighter Gage Simpson has one particular man on his mind: Brady Smith, a recalcitrant, moody chef who makes Gage melt from the inside out. Features a sexy sneak preview of Playing with Fire!
Firefighter Gage Simpson has it all: the job of his dreams, the family of his heart, and no shortage of hot guys lining up to share his bed. “Fun and easy” is his motto—and it’s kept him sunny through a painful upbringing and steered him away from trouble. But when trouble comes knocking in the form of a sexy, scarred, tattooed chef with a harrowing past and zero communication skills, Gage can’t help but be drawn to the flame.
Brady Smith isn’t fun. And easy isn’t in his vocabulary. When cocky Gage swaggers into his restaurant kitchen, the former Marine-turned-five-star-chef is blindsided by the firefighter’s beauty. Then confused that this golden guy with the sparkling blue eyes and the body of a god might be interested in him. As desire flares and temperatures rise, Gage and Brady will have to figure out if the heat between them is just a temporary flash—or the beginning of something real.
Gage "Baby Thor" Simpson is one of my favorite heroes. He's the total package. He has a bible pushing mother who abused him as a child because he was gay. He went from foster home to foster home until he finally found a family and home with the Dempseys. He’s a firefighter with Chicago’s Engine Co. 6. Gage is a man who can have any man he wants. In all honesty, he can probably have any woman as well, because let’s face it, he’s amazing. Women know he’s gay but that still doesn’t stop them from falling over themselves. However, Gage only has eyes for Brady Smith.
Brady is a thirty-five-year-old former Marine turned successful chef. From his first meeting with Gage, he was completely infatuated with him. But Brady suffers from PTSD from his time in Afghanistan and doesn’t like to be touched. Brady also isn’t much of a communicator.
What I love about this couple is the way they are together. Both are broken as a result of life experiences. In fact, their scars are deeper than I ever imagined. But they each try to push aside their own problems to be there for the other. In Flirting with Fire, where the two first met, I remember thinking of Gage as a little puppy dog running around after Brady who didn’t think he deserved a relationship or love. Brady views Gage as sunshine, with himself being darkness.
While I love Gage for his playfulness and view of life ~ “I’m cheerful because the alternative is to see obstacles everywhere and expect people will hurt you. I choose to live in full color. I choose to say hey there to hotties , f*** off to the haters, tell lovers how I want it, and people how it shall be.” He is more than he likes to show people. “I’m not nearly as self-absorbed as people think I am.” He’s definitely not.
I don’t normally read M/M romances so I can’t say I’m this expert on them but I highly recommend reading Melting Point. Kate Meader has brought together two men who on a surface level have nothing in common and shouldn’t be together. But on a deeper level, they’re great and get each other. They balance each other out. When one is weak because they just can’t balance the past on their shoulders alone, the other is there to provide needed strength.
Melting Point shows a different side to the hero (Eli Cooper) in the upcoming book, Playing with Fire. Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago series is just that HOT. I can’t wait for the next book. It should also be noted that Melting Point is a standalone read.
**Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
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